Pirates 4, Phillies 3
A 2-run homer by 2B Neil Walker in the top of the 6th gave the Pirates the go-ahead run and one more for insurance, as the Pirates beat the Phillies in Clearwater, FL. A solo homer by Phillies' DH Ben Francisco off Pirates' starter Paul Maholm put the first run on the board in the bottom of the 2nd. It was the only run Maholm allowed in his 3 innings of work. He did not walk any batters and struck out two. Jeff Karstens took over for Maholm to begin the 4th. He also gave up a run, when Francisco and 2B Delwyn Young both doubled. Karstens retired the side in order in the 5th inning.
1B Lyle Overbay had 3 hits for the Pirates, beginning with a lead-off single in the 2nd inning. That time, he was forced out at second on a subsequent play. Overbay led off the 4th with a double into left field. He moved to 3rd base on Neil Walker's ground out, then scored on DJ Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly. RF John Bowker tied the score in the top of the 5th, when he doubled into left field, then scored on ground outs by SS Chase d'Arnaud and CF Andrew McCutchen. Overbay's third hit of the game was a line drive single in the top of the 6th, and Walker followed that with his blast over the right field wall to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
Tony Watson came on to pitch the 6th inning. He had two runners get on base, with a walk and a throwing error by d'Arnaud. But d'Arnaud redeemed himself moments later, when he took the throw from Watson on a bouncer back to the mound, and turned the inning-ending double play. Watson gave up a run in the 7th on a pair of singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single. That inning also ended on a double play, when Watson struck out former Pirate Brandon Moss, then C Dusty Brown threw out the runner from first as he tried to steal second base. Sean Gallagher buzzed through three batters, retiring all on a total of 5 pitches in the 8th inning. Chris Leroux took the top of the 9th, and he also got out of a jam with a spectacular double play. A walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another walk put two runners on base with one out. SS Freddy Galvis lifted a long fly ball to left center field, but LF Alex Presley tracked it down with a long running catch, then whirled and fired in to the infield. A relay by SS Brian Friday, then to 1B Garrett Atkins, and the runner from first base was doubled off, ending the game. Leroux was credited with the Save, and Karstens got the win.
Also in the game: 2B Pedro Ciriaco singled in the 8th and stole second base. CF Corey Wimberly, 3B Josh Fields, PH/DH Andrew Lambo, an PH/RF Steve Pearce all got into the game.
Pirates 4, Phillies 3